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Posted on: March 31, 2020

New Shelter-in-Place Order Allowing Curbside Retail and Manufacturing to Open Across Marin

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The public health officer for Marin County issued a new shelter-in-place order allowing curbside retail and manufacturing to open across Marin cities, towns and unincorporated areas on May 18. This builds on the May 4 order, which re-opened outdoor businesses and construction.

Marin Recovers Industry Advisors – comprised of industry experts, business representatives, residents, public health professionals and local government – has created industry-specific working groups to collaborate on reopening the economy and community while supporting businesses with the reopening process.

The result includes clear guidelines for reopening that are aligned with state and local public health requirements and result in safe and productive businesses environments.  The goal of the guidelines is to ensure that every business owner is well prepared to protect both employees and customers when they reopen. 

Protocols for businesses are based on state and industry guidelines and have been finalized in partnership with Marin’s business community, the Public Health Officer, and legal counsel. These protocols expand upon the county’s physical distancing protocols and offer business specific standards to support a safe and productive business environment.

Its ultimately up to each business to determine when it is able to reopen following authorization by the county’s Public Health Officer. General information regarding the Marin Recovers business reopening process may be found here.

Site-Specific Protection Plan (SPP)

Each business must complete the COVID-19 Site Specific Protection Plan (Revised Appendix A) prior to reopening (businesses already allowed to operate under prior orders have a two-week grace period until June 1 to complete and comply with the plan).

The Site-Specific Protection Plan (SPP) template combines state-level guidance published in the California State Resilience Roadmap and local Marin County public health policies.

The State of California requires all businesses to:

  1. Perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan (SPP)
  2. Train employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19, including how to screen themselves for symptoms and stay home if they have them
  3. Implement individual control measures and screenings
  4. Implement disinfecting protocols
  5. Implement physical distancing guidelines

As the COVID-19 public health crisis continues to evolve and new Public Health Orders are issued both at the State and local levels, amendments to individual businesses’ SPPs may be needed in order to incorporate new requirements. Check the Marin Recovers website frequently for updated information and tools for you to use in developing any needed amendments.

Please make sure to verify your business is following the appropriate guidelines. Click on the following link and select the industry your business falls under.: https://marinrecovers.com/agencies/guidelines-for-businesses/ 

For all of our retail businesses, here is the link to the full guidance provided by the County: https://marinrecovers.com/retail/ 

It is very important to stay up-to-date on changes in the County Orders. Please make sure to sign up to receive notifications directly from them. Please click here to register

Please visit the County of Marin’s Coronavirus page for the most current information: https://coronavirus.marinhhs.org/   

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